Saturday, April 07, 2007

 

The Costs of DRM

I'm not terribly bothered that the DRM-free tracks on iTunes will cost more than the DRM crippled versions. It shows to me that DRM-free tracks have more features -- and more value -- than something with DRM. This is somewhat confused because Apple has also paired the DRM-free versions with higher-quality samples, and that may be intentional on Apple's part. But i think it shows that much like we "pay" for free TV by getting commercials, part of what we "pay" when we get a DRM-track are the roadblocks in using it in as many ways as we'd like.

While I'm certainly going to pay that little bit more for DRM-free tracks, it's got to be an open question whether the general public will care that much.

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